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Blue Monday and Making Do

January 16, 2017

Today is Blue Monday. Apparently officially the most depressing day of the year.
I’ve just googled it, and it first became a ‘thing’ in 2005 when someone somewhere did a weird equation, but it’s basically something to do with the time of year, the fact that most of us by now will have given up on our New Year’s Resolutions, the fact that Christmas credit card bills are hitting the doormat, and it still feels like a very looooong time until the end of the month and pay day. Oh, and the weather. Always the weather, at least for us Brits.
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Some Tips for Making Do

January 12, 2017

It’s been so inspiring seeing everyone’s posts in the Facebook community with their plans for Making Do this month, as part of the One Planet Living challenge.
I thought it might be handy to think about some broad, over-view tips for Making Do, and I’ve got another post planned which will include resources and links to useful websites etc.
As I said in my last post, a month of Making Do will mean different things to everyone. Some people are not buying anything at all, some people are resolving to use up all their food leftovers, and others are focussing on their craft stashes and committing to using up what they have before buying anything else.
Whatever your own aim is for the month, some general rules apply pretty much across the board.
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Conscious Consumption, One Planet Living

One Planet Living – Making Do

January 9, 2017

I know we are already part way through January, and if the statistics are anything to go by then some of us will have given up on our New Year’s Resolutions already! But today is the first official day of the January challenge for our year of One Planet Living, and it’s all about Making Do.
When I posted in the Facebook community to ask what people’s aspirations were for 2017, I was surprised by one of the most popular answers, which was to have year of ‘using things up’. Lots of people commented that this was their aim, and that they were going to be ‘making do’ with their crafting stashes, or making sure they used up all their food leftovers, or were even planning year buying nothing new. So I figured that this would be a good challenge to kick off with, and it kind of makes sense to do it at this time of year, when funds might be a little low post Christmas, and we are all super aware of some of the excesses in our lives post festivities and gift giving.
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Setting Sustainable Goals

January 6, 2017

I’m so excited by the response so far to yesterday’s One Planet Living post, and the idea of a year focussing on living within the resource constraints of this beautiful planet!
Thank you so much to everyone who has commented, subscribed to the newsletter, or joined the Facebook group – this is shaping up to be a real community challenge.

I talked briefly yesterday about one of the problems with big goals, or big challenges like “living more sustainably” is that it is just too big. And it’s too vague. That’s why the concept of “One Planet Living” really appeals. It feels much more tangible. The goal itself is actually measurable – there are various footprint calculators available online (try this one here from WWF, or this one here from BioRegional, who also have a  whole brilliant section of their website devoted to One Planet Living) that you can use to give you a broad overview of how carbon/resource intensive your lifestyle is. I would encourage everyone to go and have a nose and to crunch the numbers, and would be really interested to hear what your results are.
However, the problem I have found is that I think I could spend a year making lots of little changes, that all add up to be pretty impactful in terms of my resource use and the amount of waste I produce, but that I could ‘take the test’ again this time next year and still get the same results. They are great for looking at the bigger picture, but less useful for really drilling down into the nitty gritty, the baby steps, that we can all take, that will really add up.
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One Planet Living

One Planet Living

January 5, 2017

I alluded in my last post to having a goal for 2017 that I wanted to share with you all, and this is it – One Planet Living.
Wanting to live more sustainably has been a real driver for me ever since we embarked on our year buying nothing new, but it’s a pretty big (and at times overwhelming) goal. What does it even mean?
It’s too big. It’s too vague. It encompasses everything, all areas of my life, and it’s hard to even know where to start. And I figured if I feel like this, then maybe other people do too.
So I started thinking about how to break it down, to make it more manageable, and therefore easier to take action on, and I stumbled across this concept of ‘One Planet Living’.
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